Losing to Win is a community-wide program sponsored by the Tri-Cities Family YMCA and the Grand Haven Tribune. Both organizations are encouraging people to take a healthy approach to weight loss by making healthy food choices and increasing their physical activity level.
“Just 30 minutes of exercise three times a week can make a significant difference in your life,” said Michelle Bailey, fitness director at the Tri-Cities Family YMCA. “The body composition analysis each participant receives allows an individual to set more realistic goals for weight-loss. By receiving information on body fat and skeletal muscle mass, participants are able to see not only what a healthy weight would be for them, but also determine their caloric needs and the types of physical activity they need to do to achieve those goals.”
When Dunster signed up for the challenge last year, she had no idea she would finish as one of the top losers. Bailey said Dunster took the initial three-minute body composition analysis and then set off to lose weight.
After completing the 12-week program, Dunster logged one of the highest weight-loss percentages, and gained 2.5 pounds of muscle at the same time. Bailey said by adding muscle mass, Dunster would naturally burn more calories on a daily basis.
Dunster added that her plan was not difficult, as she planned on taking “baby steps” with her program. She was already taking a couple of fitness classes each week at the YMCA and simply added some cardio work along the way.
“I also stopped drinking soda pop, which led to drinking more water,” Dunster said. “Family meals did not change much either. We cooked a bit more healthy and I reduced my own portion sizes.”
The 2012 contest runs from Jan. 9 to March 30. Registration continues until Jan. 8.
There is a registration fee of $50 for YMCA members and $65 for nonmembers. The fee for a team of four people is $200 regardless of Y membership or not. The entry fee includes the initial body composition analysis and the final body composition analysis.
In addition to winning a healthier lifestyle, there will be cash prizes awarded as well as a free subscription to the Grand Haven Tribune for the duration of the contest.
Entry forms can be picked up at the YMCA or downloaded at www.tcfymca.org.